There is overwhelming evidence that bilingual children perform better, gain more self-confidence and learn the school language faster when their mother tongues are included in the classroom. The UN has encouraged mother tongue based instruction as best practice since the 1950s. Yet, implementation is rare. The result is lost opportunities, wasted talent, marginalisation, ignorance, as well as massive and growing inequality.
Generations of people grow up failed by their education systems from day one. A systematic human rights failure which is likely to continue unabated unless we act now.
The Rutu Roadmap: we believe that it is time for mother tongue based multilingual education becoming the norm, rather than the exception. This roadmap contains our plan on how to achieve this mission.